Does art make employees happier?

In recent years, cultivating spaces of emotional well-being, for managers and clients alike, came on the forefront of corporate matters.  At Artboost we use the power of art to help individuals and organizations meet their goals. Indeed, art can positively affect the energy, mood, and nature of the interactions in a space. Art moves, elevates, and liberates us. 

How do we know this?

It’s true that both art and well-being are highly subjective and influenced by a variety of shifting factors. But what used to be experiential  and mouth-to-ear wisdom is now backed by a vast pool of scientific research that identified key factors on which art has an impact in work-related contexts (and beyond).

Backed by science, we break it down into 5 core elements for you. 

Art boosts creativity 

Artists create. Their creations (should) inspire us. A piece of art, when observed becomes not only a consecration of the artist, but also of its viewer, endowed with one’s own, independent experience. Art opens up a realm of imagination, wonder and inspiration that enriches the spectators' experience. As such, in a research conducted at Exeter University’s School of Psychology, 64% of the respondents assimilated the presence of art at work with an increased creativity.

Art boosts productivity 

Creativity, when well invested, is the springboard for productivity at work. It is proven that employees who have control over the design and layout of their workspace are up to 32% more productive than others. So art enhances work productivity, but does so in ways that are rather counterintuitive: art is a fruitful way of recreation

Art boosts communication

Art smoothens the ensemble of communication processes in a company. It invites people to express their opinion more openly, and to engage in deeper and critical conversations at work. Ultimately, it is a lever of workplace democracy. 

But having an inspiring piece of art hanging on your office walls also catches the visitors’ eyes and gives them an idea of your organization. As such, art is an under-explored, yet rich source for strategic positioning and activation. It can help to build a more positive brand image, and deepen or embody your company values, such as sustainability. 

Art boosts community and belonging

Better communication means a stronger community. By enriching the nature of mundane interactions, art helps to foster a greater sense of appurtenance to the collective. It consolidates the community of managers and employees that work together. 

Art boosts mindfulness 

As all the factors above show, if you choose the right kind of art for your office, whether it is thoughtful, playful or simply beautiful, its presence will definitely be felt. It will result in a more positive work satisfaction and a healthier, richer approach to work. 

In the studies on the impact of art at work that we cited above, more than three quarters of employees affirm that art increases their general well-being.

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